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New Durand Officer Graduates from CVTC Academy

Jared Baldwin has roots in Chippewa Valley

Friday, January 5, 2018
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New Durand Police Officer Jared Baldwin, center, is joined by Durand Chief of Police Stan Ridgeway, left and officer Clynt Ebling prior to the CVTC Law Enforcement Academy graduation Dec. 20.

An internship at the Durand Police Department has turned into a position as a part-time patrol officer for Jared Baldwin.

Baldwin, a 2014 graduate of Menomonie High School, was among 17 graduates of the Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) Law Enforcement Academy honored at a Dec. 20 ceremony in Eau Claire.

“I really like helping people, and it’s a way to give back to the community,” Baldwin said of his decision to pursue a law enforcement career.

Being a law enforcement officer in Wisconsin takes a great deal of training. The Academy graduates needed to complete 60 hours of college credits to qualify for admission. Many go through CVTC’s two-year Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement program, or through a university or other technical college.

CVTC Associate Dean of Emergency Services Eric Anderson said the 720-hour academy instructs the recruits in six areas: policing in America, tactical skills, patrol procedures, legal context, relational skills and investigations. Anderson noted the Academy is unforgiving by state law. A student who fails a test has one chance to re-take it. A second failure means dismissal from the academy.

Completion of training at a Law Enforcement Academy is required to become certified as a law enforcement officer in Wisconsin. However, officers can start work with a department before completing the training. While most graduates attend on their own, some, like Baldwin, are sponsored by departments that have already hired them.

Baldwin, a football standout in Menomonie High School’s highly regarded program, played offensive line on Winona State University’s team while working on his bachelor’s degree. At the Academy graduation, Baldwin was honored as the top student in arrest tactics.

“I interned with the Durand Police Department and ended up being interned to hire,” Baldwin said. “The whole month of December I’ve been doing my field training.”

So far, his impressions of Durand are positive. “It’s smaller than Menomonie, and very close-knit,” Baldwin said. “Everyone knows each other and they’re very friendly.”

Baldwin will complete his degree at Winona State in the spring.

The guest speaker for the Academy graduation was David H. Perlman, an assistant attorney general with the Wisconsin Department of Justice, who congratulated the graduates on their achievement.

“You will be called upon to make quick and dramatic decisions,” Perlman said. “The academy you finished was intense and demanding because what you are called upon to do is intense and demanding.”

With over 90 programs and both online and on-campus classes, Chippewa Valley Technical College delivers superior, progressive technical education which improves the lives of students, meets the workforce needs of the region, and strengthens the community. CVTC programs are designed with input of business and industry to prepare graduates for today’s jobs, with 94 percent employed within six months of graduation and associate degree graduates earning an average annual salary of $43,000.